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Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco
The Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Joe Flacco out of the University of Delaware with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Flacco was expected to serve as the Ravens' third-string quarterback as a rookie, but a shoulder injury in training camp landed starter Kyle Boller on injured reserve and backup Troy Smith was sidelined with a severe tonsil infection, elevating Flacco to the team's No. 1 spot.

Flacco started every game for the Ravens as a rookie, leading Baltimore to an 11-5 record. During the regular season he completed 60 percent of his passes (257-for-428) for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Flacco became the first rookie quarterback in NFL his...
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The Baltimore Ravens drafted quarterback Joe Flacco out of the University of Delaware with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. Flacco was expected to serve as the Ravens' third-string quarterback as a rookie, but a shoulder injury in training camp landed starter Kyle Boller on injured reserve and backup Troy Smith was sidelined with a severe tonsil infection, elevating Flacco to the team's No. 1 spot.

Flacco started every game for the Ravens as a rookie, leading Baltimore to an 11-5 record. During the regular season he completed 60 percent of his passes (257-for-428) for 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Flacco became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to win his first two playoff starts. Flacco and the Ravens fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game, ending the season with a 13-6 record.

Flacco was born Jan. 16, 1985 in Audubon, N.J. He began his college career at the University of Pittsburgh before transferring to Delaware and starting for the Blue Hens as a junior and senior.
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  • Flacco doesn't need a kick in the pants, he needs a block [Letter]

    Flacco doesn't need a kick in the pants, he needs a block [Letter]
    Regarding Mike Preston's column on Joe Flacco and the Wildcat offense ("Wildcat might give Ravens QB Joe Flacco the kick he needs," Nov. 24), I believe he is looking at this whole Wildcat ordeal the wrong way. Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense has...
  • Baltimore Sun staff picks for Ravens vs. Vikings

    Baltimore Sun staff picks for Ravens vs. Vikings
    Monique Jones Ravens 28, Vikings 20 The Ravens might have more trouble against the Vikings because of running back Adrian Peterson, but they should win their third consecutive game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mike Preston Ravens 28, Vikings 14 The...
  • Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Minnesota Vikings?

    Who's picking the Ravens to beat the Minnesota Vikings?
    A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and Minnesota Vikings. * ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio and Michael David Smith are both picking the Ravens to win by more than a touchdown. Don’t look now, but after playing...
  • Scouting report: Breaking down the Ravens vs. the Vikings

    Scouting report: Breaking down the Ravens vs. the Vikings
    RAVENS PASSING GAME: Though he's not posting gaudy numbers, quarterback Joe Flacco has strung together two consecutive solid games, completing 67 percent of his passes for 524 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His improved decision making,...
  • Dennis Pitta activated from injured reserve-designated to return, expected to play Sunday

    Dennis Pitta activated from injured reserve-designated to return, expected to play Sunday
    Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was activated from injured reserve-designated to return today prior to a 4 p.m. NFL deadline, clearing the way for him to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Pitta participated in team drills all week without...
  • In wintry conditions, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta, others testing their footing hours before kickoff

    In wintry conditions, Ravens TE Dennis Pitta, others testing their footing hours before kickoff
    As snow falls today at M&T Bank Stadium, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta and several other players are testing their footing and running routes hours before kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings. The players didn't appear to have major problems gaining...
  • Now a can't-miss kicker, Ravens' Justin Tucker was overlooked by all of NFL in 2012 draft

    Now a can't-miss kicker, Ravens' Justin Tucker was overlooked by all of NFL in 2012 draft
    For nearly an hour, Justin Tucker's right foot boomed footballs into the warm Texas air. He split the uprights from one distance, then marched back 5 yards and did it again, moving around the field with purpose and poise. He blasted kickoffs into the...
  • Snowy conditions leave fans, players embracing the cold at M&T Bank Stadium

    Snowy conditions leave fans, players embracing the cold at M&T Bank Stadium
    As snow fell during the Ravens' game at M&T Bank Stadium for the first time since the team arrived in 1996, coach John Harbaugh wondered if there were any weather conditions his team hadn't faced yet. Before the Ravens beat the Minnesota Vikings 29-26...
  • Instant analysis of the Ravens' 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium

    Instant analysis of the Ravens' 29-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium
    Baltimore Sun staff members give their thoughts on the Ravens' game against the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium in Week 14 of the NFL season. Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The immediate reaction is that was the craziest final 2:05 of a football game...
  • Game of the year, Dennis Pitta's huge return and more from Sunday's win over the Vikings

    Game of the year, Dennis Pitta's huge return and more from Sunday's win over the Vikings
    Crazy days like Sunday are why America loves football, proof that the NFL is the best reality show going. Heavy snow, at least by Baltimore standards, covered the field before the game and was so thick during it that all the Ravens could see on the...
  • Marlon Brown makes the right read on game-winning touchdown

    Marlon Brown makes the right read on game-winning touchdown
    Ravens rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown identified a weak spot in the Minnesota Vikings' zone coverage scheme, and capitalized on it for the game-winning touchdown Sunday. When Brown darted behind Vikings middle linebacker Audie Cole, he caught a...
  • Looking at wild pendulum swings of win probability in Ravens' wacky win Sunday

    Looking at wild pendulum swings of win probability in Ravens' wacky win Sunday
    We are now 24 hours removed from the unbelievable final minutes of the Ravens’ 29-26 win over the Minnesota Vikings, and I still can’t believe what I watched at M&T Bank Stadium. I’m sure I’m not alone. There were six lead...